Daily Zimbabweans look at the press headlines, but the headlines are a sad fairytale of a broken nation.
Earlier this year, the Newsday reported a story of a 31 year old woman who killed herself and her son by lacing their food with rat poison citing economic hardships. Various media houses also reported of suicide cases which occurred due to misunderstandings in relationships and marriages. Truly Zimbabwe is a broken nation with a broken people if recent statistics are to go by. According to a local media consultancy firm over 1000 adults and 129 young students in tertiary institutions committed suicide since the start of the year. These figures are worrisome and are symptomatic of a terribly broken nation and a broken people. Depression caused by economic and societal factors has been a chief culprit in most of these cases and as such healing and restoration of hope emerge as the antidote to this heartbreaking panacea.
HEALING RE-DEFINED FROM A BIBLICAL POINT OF VIEW
The word “heal” and “healing” means to make solid or whole. In the Bible it means the restoration of health, the making whole or well whether physically, mentally or spiritually.
In the Old Testament the LORD God (Yahweh) alone was the source of all healing. In every aspect of his life man is dependent on the LORD God alone.
The privilege of physical healing is governed by the will and sovereignty of God. The LORD God heals whomever He wants to.
The LORD God, Yahweh is the One who heals.
God delivered His people out of the land of Egypt. Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur for three days and found no drinking water. There were at least 600,000 people without water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, because they were bitter. So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” Moses cried out to the Lord, and “the Lord showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them. And He said, ‘If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer'” (Exodus 15:22-26).
“I Yahweh am your healer. Yahweh rofekha, is the LORD who restores, heals, cures. The LORD your God heals. The LORD is the physician. Every man is in need of healing. “Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts and raw wounds, not pressed out or bandaged, nor softened with oil” (Isaiah 1:5-6). “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). The LORD is the only One who can heal the sin sick soul. Yahweh who heals in the Old Testament is Jesus who heals in the New Testament.
The LORD God is revealing Himself as sovereign in the affairs of mankind. “See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heals, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand” (Deuteronomy 32:39). Our relationship with Him affects every area of our personal lives.
Taking note of this truth, no one should ever take their own life because of temporary challenges we face on earth. Now more than ever it is essential to convene workshops and discussions around healing and restoration of hope for our nation’s adults, students, families, communities and churches.
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Why Book Doris
v Mentorship Sessions for vulnerable children.
v Zimbabwe is in need of hope and healing and Doris talks to young people, young adults seeking healing but with a special focus on marriage and relationships.
v She also offers group training for families, communities and churches.
v Helps young people reclaim their purpose and identity from inside out.
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